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More than just music

Okay, I’ll admit that I have a ‘liturgical bone’ in my background and that from time to time I enjoy the richness of a community time centred on certain practices which originated in the early years of the Christian faith.  Liturgy, though, is actually another form or expression of worship; a form that focuses on declarations and response to those declarations.

It is worship that is more than just music.

Nicene-Constantinopolitan-CreedFor me, the reciting of the Nicene Creed (first written in 325 AD) is one of those worshipful declarations of faith:

I believe in one God, the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, and of all things visible and invisible.

And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only-begotten Son of God, begotten of the Father before all worlds; God of God, Light of Light, very God of very God; begotten, not made, being of one substance with the Father, by whom all things were made.

Who, for us men for our salvation, came down from heaven, and was incarnate by the Holy Spirit of the virgin Mary, and was made man; and was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate; He suffered and was buried; and the third day He rose again, according to the Scriptures; and ascended into heaven, and sits on the right hand of the Father; and He shall come again, with glory, to judge the quick and the dead; whose kingdom shall have no end.

And I believe in the Holy Ghost, the Lord and Giver of Life; who proceeds from the Father [and the Son]; who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified; who spoke by the prophets.

And I believe one holy catholic and apostolic Church. I acknowledge one baptism for the remission of sins; and I look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.”

I am not arguing for a liturgical element in the worship of the communities of believers that we establish.  I just want to highlight the fact that believers over many centuries and from many different cultural contexts have discovered acts of worship that express for them their growing understanding of who is this great God they serve.

Worship is declaring what we know of this God.  It is making music to celebrate who He is.  It is talking with Him about His promises.  It is serving others because we have experienced His grace and love.  Worship is reflected in all of our life.

 

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